Cloud9 purchased the London franchise and Stan and Josh Kroenke purchased the Los Angeles franchise, which will be the second team in LA.
“We are thrilled that Cloud9’s formidable fan base throughout Europe and the UK now has a local team to call their own,” Jack Etienne, CEO of Cloud9, said in a statement.
Stan Kroenke is the owner of the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, a holding company based in Denver, Colorado. He is also the owner of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL, and the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. His son, Josh, has multiple sports teams under his name as well, including the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL and the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.
“We’re going to build a great team for Los Angeles that inspires fans near and far,” Stan Kroenke said in the release.
Blizzard announced the first seven franchises July 12, which included franchises in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai, China and Seoul, South Korea. Thursday’s expansion ups the number of franchises to nine and marks the first foray into Europe. Team EnVyUs will reportedly join the league, too, as it will reportedly receive a $35 million investment and purchase the Dallas-Austin franchise of Overwatch League.
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